Farm to Table On Wheels: 5 LA Food Trucks Sourcing Local Ingredients
These 5 LA-based food trucks are keeping things local by sourcing a portion of their ingredients from local farms and greenhouses. Not only is locally grown food better for you because it means less contamination and more seasonal, flavorful and nutrient-dense food, it is also better for the local environment and economy. By purchasing locally grown foods farmlands and green spaces in LA are supported, the local farming economy is supported. These 5 trucks are not only winning in the suitability category but taste as well.
1. Heirloom LA
Awarded BEST GOURMET FOOD TRUCK by Los Angeles Magazine, Heirloom LA is the foodie lover’s food truck dream. Think halibut with spicy tapenade and romesco. Or chocolate feuillentine crust with chocolate cake and caramelized chocolate mouse covered in a chocolate shell topping. At Heirloom LA, they believe everyone should know what’s in their food and who grows and raises it, and to have convenient access to fresh produce and whole grain food. Heirloom is deeply committed to supporting small, local organic farms. They also promote education and welfare around food health and sustainability, including teaching cooking and nutrition classes at Challengers Boys and Girls Club in South Los Angeles.
2. The Green Truck
The Green Truck is serious about its commitment to sustainability. Their commissary kitchen is solar-powered and the veggie oil used to cook their food is re-used to power their food trucks the next day. The Good Truck’s good-for-you, good-for-the-planet menu includes entrees like a Mother Trucker vegan burger, Organic Chicken Pesto Sandwich and a Kale Yeah Bowl. The folks at Green Truck say no to plastic and styrofoam by using recyclable or compostable packaging and utensils. In fact, the packaging and utensils they compost are delivered back to the farms from which they source their ingredients in order to grow more food. The Green Truck buys locally grown ingredients whenever possible because they know the tomato on your Mother Trucker burger shouldn’t have to travel 2,000 miles just for lunch.
JUICEBOX is leading the way for sustainable juice trucks. In a world of over-processed and underwhelming beverage options, JUICEBOX uses fresh, local, and organic produce to provide healthy, affordable, made-to-order juices. JUICEBOX brings sustainability into everything they do. They commute around the city in a Mercedes-Benz BluTech sprinter running on Bio-Diesel, a plant based fuel and almost all of their produce is locally sourced. Their seasonal menu features fruits and vegetables hand picked from the Santa Monica Farmers Market.
4. Lets Be Frank
Street food enthusiasts, Sue and Larry started Lets Be Frank with the simple goal of changing the world one hot dog at a time. Sue and Larry were inspired by the idea that raising cows on grass makes for a healthier animal, a healthier planet, and healthier beef. The Let’s be Frank truck was created to support the few ranchers left in California who are raising their cattle on pasture. At Let’s Be Frank, they craft delicious hot dogs and sausages from locally raised grass fed beef without nitrates, hormones or steroids, which results in a safer and more delicious product. The big red Lets Be Frank truck can frequently be seen hot-dogging around the streets of Silverlake and Culver City.
5. Greenz on Wheelz
The Greenz on Wheelz truck is all about bringing the best of fresh, healthy food to our local Los Angeles neighborhoods. Salads, sandwiches and wraps made from locally grown, locally sourced ingredients are served in huge portions for the hungry, healthy eater.